West End Stories

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Description: Jackie recounts the living conditions and the various rooming houses from her childhood in the West End.
Type of Resource(s): sound recording-nonmusical
Description: Enjoying the beaches around Stanley Park can yield more than just a good time swimming. We would swim from English Bay right around to Third Beach by the bridge and back again, and it used to take about three hours of swimming, but easy swimming you know: breast stroke, side stroke, crawl.
Type of Resource(s): sound recording-nonmusical
Description: Fond recollections of time spent in a special stone building.
Type of Resource(s): sound recording-nonmusical
Description: Gary recalls baseball, basketball, and many more memories of his time at King George High School [1913-1963]
Type of Resource(s): sound recording-nonmusical
Description: For Vince, you couldn't find a better place to live than the West End.
Type of Resource(s): sound recording-nonmusical
Description: There was plenty of entertainment for kids when they ventured to Coal Harbour.
Type of Resource(s): sound recording-nonmusical
Description: The end of World War II brought revelry and celebration into the streets of Downtown Vancouver. “Trucks where … every inch of the truck was full with people … they were blowin’ the horn and yelling and hugging and kissing”.
Type of Resource(s): sound recording-nonmusical
Description: Bob describes the fun he and his friends had living on the sands of English Bay, exploring the trails of Stanley Park, learning to golf and swim and waiting for the nine o'clock gun to go off.
Type of Resource(s): sound recording-nonmusical
Description: All my friends were teaming up with boys and I wasn't; I was down in False Creek, hitching rides on tugboats. I was crazy about tugboats.
Type of Resource(s): sound recording-nonmusical
Description: Jack describes the shared housing he lived in as a child and some of the features of the Georgia Street area at the time.
Type of Resource(s): sound recording-nonmusical
Description: Ellen describes the good times she and her friends had at the Second Beach Playground including learning the rules of the road through the Stanley Park Traffic School.
Type of Resource(s): sound recording-nonmusical
Description: In October 1942, the old Crofton House School becomes Gordon House; an important hang out and refuge for West End kids. What we would do in the evenings, we’d go to Gordon House where there was sports, there was boxing, there was basketball, there was arts and crafts, painting; that sort of thing.
Type of Resource(s): sound recording-nonmusical
Description: Ann describes the simple pleasures of her West End childhood; being able to explore the parks and beaches while growing up there.
Type of Resource(s): sound recording-nonmusical
Description: Delanie and Glenn Mackenzie recount their experiences at King George High School [1913-1963].
Type of Resource(s): sound recording-nonmusical
Description: From the special fun of Sylvia Hotel, to water fun with rafts, to adventures with Police horses; being in and around Stanley Park was a place to make memories and inspire future careers.
Type of Resource(s): sound recording-nonmusical
Description: Two different houses converted to suites, and how the neighbourhood changed around them.
Type of Resource(s): sound recording-nonmusical

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